2023 NFL Mock Draft: Quarterbacks return to power in way too early mock

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2023 NFL Mock Draft

2023 NFL mock draft – Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl against the Utah Utes in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2022. Syndication The Columbus Dispatch

It’s never too early to look ahead to the next draft, so here we have our first look at next year’s incoming class of rookies with a 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Another NFL Draft is in the books as the event which was held in Las Vegas over the weekend concluded on Saturday.

While the draft is always a crazy event, this one was more unpredictable than any we have ever seen. One trade after another took place as teams were moving up and down the boards to secure talent now, while also stockpiling for the future.

Another interesting part of this draft was the absence of top-tier quarterbacks. Kenny Pickett was the lone signal-caller taken in Round 1 and not until Desmond Ridder in Round 3 did another hear his name called.

Looking ahead to 2023, that should change. With more big-name quarterbacks on the board, the position returns to power in our early edition 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

Quarterbacks back on top in 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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C.J. Stroud
QB Ohio State

1. Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

The Houston Texans stockpiled talent in this latest draft on both sides of the ball but they didn’t go after a quarterback. They did add several starters including Derek Stingley, Jr., and Kenyon Green in Round 1.

They also moved up in Round 2 to bring in John Metchie from Alabama, giving them one of the better route runners in this class.

Still, they’re not expected to be super competitive until they get the most important position on the team figured out. It made sense for them to wait, however, since the 2022 class was less than inspiring.

And with the first pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, they wind up looking wise for holding off since they land C.J. Stroud from Ohio State.

Stroud has a great mix of size, speed, and athleticism to go along with his arm talent. He looks the part of a franchise quarterback and should be able to put the Texans back on the NFL map.

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